I say all, that is if you don’t count the Wii-U. The other day I finally picked up a PlayStation 4. Yes I got a PS4 to go with my Xbox One. All kitted out for this apparent ‘next-gen’ of gaming platforms, and yes feel pretty good about it. I hesitated for a long time over the PS4, not because I didn’t think it was a good console. It’s very much a good console, but at the time I chose the XB1, it was the games, primarily the exclusives and well, familiarity and comfort with the brand that made my decision. A year on, and well, it’s nice to have something new, isn’t it?
I was very much sold by the new ‘glacier white’ edition Sony had released in wake of Destiny, and thought it was a good a time as any to buy. The games I feel are still not quite there for me, with exclusives like Uncharted 4 and The Order 1886 still scheduled for next year, and it lacks that killer-app compared to XB1 (Sunset Overdrive, to some extent also Halo: The Master Chief Collection) but I did pick the console up with Drive Club. I also traded some games to get my hands on Assassin’s Creed Unity, one of the best looking multi-platform titles currently available, and that alone shows off my purchase pretty well.
– direct capture using the ‘share button’ –
What do I think of the machine as far as how it works? Slick and familiar are the words that come to mind. The operating system isn’t as colourful or flashy as XB1, and goes for a somewhat clean and smooth version of PS3’s cross media bar which was never that appealing. Sony haven’t tried anything radically new here but it functions well enough. I haven’t got to grips with the ‘share’ button or the Share Factory feature, which is PS4’s version of XB1’s Upload and Record That features, and at first glance they look more clunky (but got to love the screen shot capture feature). I am also quite disappointed that PS4 does not support external HDD’s for improving the storage space (you can use an external HDD but it only allows back ups and the storage of media, not for playing your downloaded games off …unlike XB1), which could be an issue, and I for one would rather not open up my PS4 to install an internal HDD. It is very fast at installing games off the Blu-ray though…big difference compared to XB1.
Only the future and playing more games will really prove this machine’s value in comparison to the XB1, and I’ve still yet to see the value in the touch-pad or speaker on the controller (which does feel very nice I might add). Early days but I’ll report more as I find it.